Frozen shoulder

Frozen shoulder treated by Acupuncture

Frozen shoulder is a common, painful and sometimes disabling condition that can last for months or years. The characteristic symptoms are pain, stiffness, and limitation of active and passive shoulder movements (particularly external rotation of the joint). These symptoms may be severe enough to interfere with everyday activity (e.g. driving, dressing or sleeping), and may prevent some patients from working.

It is thought that scar tissue forms in the fibrous capsule surrounding the shoulder joint, causing it to thicken and contract, so restricting shoulder movement. Frozen shoulder is most common in people aged 40-60 years old.

The aims of treatment are to relieve pain, minimise joint restriction. Common western methods of treatment include simple analgesics, NSAIDS, local corticosteroid injections and physiotherapy.

In our Manchester (Altrincham) clinic, acupuncture is used to treat frozen shoulder. Acupuncture can reduce pain, inflammation, muscle and joint stiffness, and so may help in the treatment of frozen shoulder, by:

  • Stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues leading to the release of endorphins and other neurohumoral factors, thus changing the processing of pain in the brain and spinal cord.
  • Inflammation is reduced, by encouraging the release of vascular and immunomodulatory elements.
  • Enhancing local microcirculation, by enlarging the diameter and blood flow velocity of peripheral arterioles.
  • Common acu-points are: Jiansanzheng ,Jianjing, Binao, etc. Cupping and Moxibustion are combined with acupuncture to enhance the effect.

Successful outcome

Mr A H is 54 years old. He came to our Manchester (Altrincham) clinic with a very painful and stiff left shoulder, which seriously affected his daily life. He could not lift his arm, couldn’t drive long distances and could not sleep on his left shoulder.

On arrival, he was carefully checked and advised that acupuncture would be used to reduce the inflammation and increase the shoulder movement. After a course of treatment, his shoulder pain had gone, he only had a bit of stiffness and shoulder movement had been greatly improved. He could, therefore, resume his normal life style.

If you suffer from frozen shoulder and are seeking acupuncture treatment, please contact the Manchester (Altrincham) clinic on 0161 9732107.